This passage is from The Children's Bach by Helen Garner
That night at the studio they finished early. There were no taxis, so he walked. He didn’t know what time it was but thought it must be after two. The café was still open, hollow as a Hopper painting behind the empty bus shelter. Philip passed on the other side of the street, too far away to determine the sex of a couple of white-faced students who were sitting at a corner table under the neon sign, not talking to each other. He plugged on up the rise towards the housing commission flats. By the time he passed the first block he was singing to himself, some old Stevie Winwood song with a riff that made him think of that small figure, arms outspread, hovering like a mosquito between banks of keyboards.
There were people against the railings of the carpark. Six, or eight. His skin stood up. It was dark. He made air go in, and out, and kept walking. They stood quietly and let him pass. He waited for the thump in the back, in the neck, the foot stuck out to trip. He wanted something to happen, left right left right come on. ‘Hey, you.’ He propped and spun round. The briefcase swung out from his side.
One of the meanings of "hollow" is "without value, or not true or sincere"
Can we interpret the meaning of "Hollow" in this passage as "meaningless and deceptive"?
I looked at Hopper's paintings and I found they reflect sad feelings. Can we interpret the meaning of "hollow" in the sentence "The café was still open, hollow as a Hopper painting behind the empty bus shelter" as "sad and deceptive"?
Can the sentences "He waited for the thump in the back, in the neck, the foot stuck out to trip. He wanted something to happen, left right left right come on" be understood as
He expected the thump in the back, in the neck, and the foot of one of them stuck out to trip. He liked something to happen, he look at his left and his right several time and wanted something to happen.